Nailed It

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

I bought a craft pin, a plate, and a pile of glue and nailed them. To the wall. Well, Grahm did. But I pointed and said, "a little to the left." (This intro just took a very weird turn...)

You'll need:
E6000 Craft Glue 
Paper Clips or Crafting Pins
A sweet (and very patient) man to hang them
Some people pay out the butt (yes, that's the official amount) for fancy schmancy plate holders like these. But when you're hanging over 20 dishes and none of them are grandma's old china plates (the most expensive one was two bucks), you decide to MacGuyver it. Grab some craft clue and some paper clips/craft pins. 
Dab a little bit onto the back of the plate. Be sure to position the pin where you'll want the plate to actually hang. This glue is like under-eye concealer, less is more. Admire your redneck plate holder and praise yourself for the dollars you saved. 
Let your dishes dry overnight. Enjoy the fine smell of rubber in the morning. Your craft pin will now be harder to remove than that zit I had on my chin for high school prom, so let's hope you positioned it correctly.
Arrange your dishes on the floor. Pretend like you know what you're doing so your husband won't say things like, "How long is this going to take?" I think I changed the arrangement 5 more times after I took this picture. (Huge life decisions, people.)
Recruit said (very sweet) husband to begin hanging your dishes. Never mind that it's 11 o'clock at night. (Make sure he has his beer at the ready to battle against his potentially crotchety "Can't this wait till tomorrow" self.)
If you're more thoughtful about your decisions than we are, you may want to make paper templates and tape those to your wall. You can play around with the design until you're happy with it. We're more "let's just see how this looks now" kind of people, so we eyeballed everything and proceeded to nail holes in the wall. Wham bam, thank you ma'am. Nailed it (literally).
Most of these dishes I found at Goodwill (I only got 20 dollars in my pocket). I went to four different stores. I was digging around so much (looking for a come-up) in one of the locations that I got asked if I worked there.... So next time I WILL be wearing makeup to the thrift shop (and hopefully this song won't be on repeat in my head).
Last week we made the pallet art. We stripped that sucker of all its boards on both sides and then I had Grahm cut the bottom off where the pallet came together. It made for the perfect flower box. We literally didn't do anything else to it.
I'm kind of obsessed with our dining room. It's really starting to come together, and it's easily becoming my favorite room in the house. Now to get Grahm to finish our farmhouse table, so we can actually, uh, dine.

Total Cost:
Repurposed Buffet Table --- $50 (Craigslist find)
Pallet Art --- DIY/Free ("Stolen" from Home Depot)
"Vintage" Dishes --- $15 for 30 (Estate sales and Goodwill)
Flower box --- DIY/Free (part of the "stolen" pallet)
Dry Hydrangeas --- $20 Hobby Lobby (Look for the 50% sale)
= $85


Emily said...

Your new DIY page is my favorite. And I may or may not have just sat and scrolled through them all with my fiance showing what we need to do to decorate our new home ;)

Kaity said...

I'm so over how perfect and crafty your home is. Nope, I'm not bitter at all :P

Seriously though, I love these DIYs- it's so awesome to see what you can do for so little moolah. Don't be surprised if my home looks conspicuously similar to yours one of these days ;)

Melissa said...

So I thought the pallet art was cute enough! But the whole wall is PERFECT! I love how you decided to make the flower box and the plates are adorable! Pretty much super jealous of your stylin' skillz. You should come restyle my house, kthanksbai!

Kathryn Lavers said...

I wish I was as creative as you are! I also wish I didn't live in a rental, so that I could do fun stuff like this on the walls.

I am determined to have a gallery wall some day.

Ech and Will said...

That looks amazing! You make it look so easy, but I know if I try it'll be a mess. I'll just admire your pictures.

Sarah Smith said...

Everything is really coming together! I love it! Good work, Mrs. Roach!

Cindy Huynh said...

This looks amazing!

Kayla Peveler said...

I LOVEEEE this x1,796,357!!!!!! Sooo stinking cute. You could design for Anthropologie, girl!

Amy said...

:) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)

Rachel said...

Can you come be all crafty at my house? I've lost my DIY inspiration.....and you can tell it by all my blank walls and half decorated rooms. :/

Kalyn V said...

I will cook your dinners if you decorate my house. Deal? Deal.

Erin said...

I love anything to do with pallets. I turned one (nope my dad did) into a shoe rack so the heel parts hang on each of the board wrung things.

Yours look great and I love all the blue!

Annabelle said...

You are so inspiring! I need to spruce my place up really bad! I just have to get with it!

Kelsey Eaton said...

Oooh I love that table!

Allison said...

I love everything about your room and can't wait for you to have a table too!! Soooo cute Jena!! P.S. Did you know the term buttload really was/is a term of measurement. I was just informed of this recently. Look it up!

Lindsey A said...

Holy Balls, Girl. You're a DIY queen.

I am not worthy.

jackie jade said...

ahhh love how this turned out. looks fantastic and good thing your husband is patient :) (my fiance is learning the pains of hanging things too haha.)
-- jackie @ jade and oak

Whitney said...

Can you please come to my apartment and help me decorate? Okay? okay.

openid said...

this looks incredible!! You are so crafty! After you're done doing Whitney's apartment come help me too! ;)

Meg {henninglove} said...

i love love this project!! who knew it was so easy to hang plates on your wall with gluing crafting pins. and i need to look on craigslist so i can find an amazing find like your blue dresser

k8te said...

this looks so fantastic that i kind of want to copy it! i just can't invite you over for dinner then ;) imitation is the sincerest form of flattery? yes? no? crap?

Becca Moss said...

Jena! I love this so much beyond words! It looks fantastic! You go girl! Now, come to Ohio to get crafty in my house! ;)

Julie Mason said...

This is fabulous! I love it! Nice job poppin' tags! Beautiful dining room :)

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Andrea @ Love is... said...

So, so beautiful! Love all of this!!